In a few days my family will be in town and we have a long list of things to get through while they are here.  Its only 2 days that my sister, her husband and my little nephew are here but during that time we are going to:

  • Visit the zoo
  • Picnic
  • Go to the illuminasia event (at the zoo during the evening)
  • Campfire and s’mores
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Family breakfast
  • Have a thanksgiving feast

Just looking at this list I know all of our conscious time is spoken for. My mom is such a planner that any time the family gets together we all know there is going to be little down time and lots of new adventures in store. Like my traveling sister, my mom has such a sense of adventure that its sometimes difficult to keep up. There is so much to do in so little time that even the down time makes me feel anxious that we may be late for the next thing, but somehow it always turns out.


My family is so important to me and I love spending time with my family so much that I don’t mind spending every waking minute with them.  I don’t mind (that much) that I have inner anxiety about being on time and getting everything on the list done that my mom has planned. It’s a bit exhausting, but I want to spend as much time as I can with anyone and everyone willing to come down to see us. Part of me gets reenergized by all the activities and people. I almost want it to happen all the time because its so great (aside from the disruption of our little family routines).

My husband, on the other hand, is a bit of an introvert. He loves the family, but it literally tires him out just trying to keep up with all the events and people. It also its hard on the kids getting out of the normal things we do during the day. Naps are kind of out the window or gone with the wind of adventure.

But when all is said and done The memories of the time we spent together lasts through all those lonely months when everyone is gone. It is totally worth it and I am so grateful for our large, loud, adventurous family. They keep us busy, in a good way.

Is your family busy like mine this thanksgiving? Write in the comment box below what your plans are. 


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